FIGHT begins to halt plans to redevelop site at DALWOOD CHILDREN’s HOME in Seaforth

A Meeting organised by the Dalwood Auxiliary tonight, Tuesday 3 September at Seaforth Scout Hall in Sangrado Park, Seaforth, from 5.30pm!

KEY POINTS …

a plan to sell off “surplus” section of the Dalwood Children’s Home to developers

A consequence of high immigration …

-to rob the community of land set aside for public health, ending up in the hands of developers

WITH similarities to *Crowle Home!

Related Article:  April 2015:  The former Crowle Home Site now a Deicorp development at Meadowbank

https://caanhousinginequalitywithaussieslockedout.com/2019/01/20/7284/

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PERHAPS a prime example of an abuse of a family’s generosity through the somewhat notorious Part 3A, and now morphed into State Significant Development:

https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Environmental-Planning-and-Assessment-Act-updated/Guide-to-the-updated-Environmental-Planning-and-Assessment-Act-1979/Part-4-State-significant-development-and-ending-Part-3A

Fight begins to halt plans to redevelop site at Dalwood Children’s Home in Seaforth

A battle has begun to stop a push to sell off part of a historic site — used to treat sick children — to developers on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Jim O’Rourke, Manly Daily

September 2, 2019

NSW Health is making building changes to the Dalwood Home at Seaforth to turn it into a community health hub.
NSW Health is making building changes to the Dalwood Home at Seaforth to turn it into a community health hub.

*Community opposition is growing against a plan to sell off part of the historic Dalwood Children’s Home site to developers.

Dalwood supporters and its neighbours fear the proposed sale of a “surplus” section of the Seaforth site could result in multi-unit residences being built.

The NSW Ministry of Health said it wants to sell off a portion of the historic Dalwood Children’s Home land to raise money to pay for more services on the site. Picture: News Corp
The NSW Ministry of Health said it wants to sell off a portion of the historic Dalwood Children’s Home land to raise money to pay for more services on the site. Picture: News Corp

A meeting, organised by the volunteer Dalwood Auxiliary, has been scheduled for Tuesday night at the Seaforth Scout Hall to alert the community to the NSW Government’s proposed sell off.

*Auxiliary president John Darragh has described the Ministry of Health’s rezoning bid as the “thin end of the wedge” that could lead to more land, which was set aside for public health, ending up in the hands of developers.

“Our opposition is gaining momentum. People are angry and the phones are running hot,” Mr Darragh said.”

In its rezoning proposal, now before Northern Beaches Council, the Health Ministry wants to

*hive off a parcel of what it described as surplus land to allow four residential blocks as well as an area for “Environmental Living”, which allows for “low-impact residential development”.

Map showing rezoning proposal for part of the Dalwood Children’s Home site at Seaforth.
Map showing rezoning proposal for part of the Dalwood Children’s Home site at Seaforth.

The Ministry, in a report to council, said selling the land for housing would “generate funds for new and/or upgraded local health services and facilities on the site”.

Dalwood was a home for mothers and babies set up by the Food for Babies Fund. In 1931 it became a public hospital, and began to provide support to children who could not be cared for in their own homes.

In 1989 Dalwood stopped operating as a children’s home but it still has non-residential programs on-site including a family care centre and the Dalwood Spilstead Service, which supports children at risk and vulnerable families.

*Mr Darragh said none of the Dalwood land should be sold off because it was either donated to the state — by philanthropist Albert Dalwood in 1928 — or purchased by the Dalwood Auxiliary in 1938, for the express purpose of improving the welfare of children.

*“What they think is unused land is actually land owned by the people of NSW that can be used in the future to provide more services that assist vulnerable children.

President of the Dalwood Auxiliary, John Darragh, (second from right) at a jumble sale to help raise money for Dalwood, is opposed to the proposed land sell-off. Picture: News Corp
President of the Dalwood Auxiliary, John Darragh, (second from right) at a jumble sale to help raise money for Dalwood, is opposed to the proposed land sell-off. Picture: News Corp

“Once that land is gone, it’s gone forever.”

The council has received 26 public submissions about the proposal.

CAAN: The Sydney Community has been writing submissions since 2012 … to be ignored by this Government …

*A spokesman for NSW Health said 0.54 hectares of vacant land has been identified as surplus to its requirements.

*CAAN: The NSW LNP Government has criticised the former Labor Government for selling off school sites … yet due to high immigration, and visa manipulation esp since 2013 our primary school children are schooled in demountable classrooms strewn across playgrounds …

“It is intended that the land will be disposed of by the Department of Planning Industry and Environment,” he said.

“Services currently undertaken in the facility will not be affected.”

The resident’s meeting is being held in the Seaforth Scout Hall in Sangrado Park, Seaforth, from 5.30pm on Tuesday.

SOURCE: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/manly-daily/fight-begins-to-halt-plans-to-redevelop-site-at-dalwood-childrens-home-in-seaforth/news-story/4ed6569195765e64ac9865b4317683ea

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